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Brian Hay
Jeremy Roberts
Debbie Pierce
Charlie Mullins
Laura Tenison
Julie Meyer
Steve Purdham
David Pollock
Michael Oliver
Richard O'Sullivan
Tony Caldeira
Jennie Johnson

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After more than forty years is appears Jimmy Savile has finally been found out and as the days go by, even more terrible revelations continue to emerge. But what is also shocking about this case is just how many people, in so many different organisations, appear to have kept quiet about what they knew.

While the case of Jimmy Savile is an extreme one, it has highlighted an important issue that any organisation would be wise to consider - are your employees encouraged and enabled to speak out?

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.